Friday, 4 May. Or, more properly, May the fourth, which is like a Sith lisping which is why Dumidu “onelargeprawn” Surasinghe is dressed up like a Jedi with a pool noodle dressed up like a lightsabre. It’s not actually as complicated as it sounds.
More than 100 people turned up for 2upGamers’ 5th Round at the Rygersdal Sports Club in Rondebosch – 80 of whom signed up within the first two hours or registration opening two days previously – and it’s kind of incredible to think that just a few months ago, only about 40 people attended the first event. Some gamers were driving in from as far as the northern suburbs, which is basically the other side of the planet by Cape Town standards.
The big news on the night was that, going forward, 2upGamers will now be attached to Glenn Alexander’s 4.elements Gaming Festivals company, and proceeds from future events will go to charity. Real gamers making a real difference. Sniff.
Guest speakers included Reader’s Den comic shop manager Nizar Abrahams, Prototype 2 live action trailer star Vince Andrews, Springleap boss Eran Eyal, the eGamer and Ozone South Africa teams, MWEB’s resident brony Reinhard “Chocs” Rheeder-Kliest, and as always, the Friends of Design bunch who had attendees pool noodling each other for one of ten game design course vouchers.
The next 2upGamers is going down on Friday, 1 June. Make sure to follow @2upGamers on Twitter or keep hitting their official site or Facebook for more info. In the meantime, here’s a photo dump from Friday’s event – spot yourself and win a surprise prize*!